Why Johnny Depp Turned Down Starring in “American Psycho”

who keeps a , established himself as one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. Although in recent years he has been away from the big screen, the American interpreter has a long career in which he has starred in successful movies, but has also rejected some good projects, such as the film “American Psycho.”

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In the 90’s, He was already a face known worldwide as “The Young Scissorhands.” At that time several proposals rained down on him to star in various films and some of the most acclaimed horror and suspense stories in cinema came into his hands, but he rejected it.

Is about “American Psycho” novel about serial killer Patrick Bateman, written by Bret Easton Ellis. The book came out in 1991 and quickly became a literary attraction. That’s why film producer Edward R. Pressman wasted no time in acquiring the rights the year after its release.

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Johnny Depp during the defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard (Photo: Getty Images)


According to the Slashfilm site, Johnny Depp was the first choice for the role of Patrick Bateman in the film “American Psycho”, co-written and directed by Mary Harron.

Initially, Johnny Depp had already gladly accepted the leading role in “American Psycho”, but a series of obstacles prevented production from moving forward and the actor decided to leave the project and focus on others.

After the departure of Johnny Depp, the director of “American Psycho” was looking for other actors to fit the lead role. That was how David Cronenber and his protagonist Brad Pitt were summoned for the project.

Johnny Depp was going to star in

Johnny Depp was going to star in “American Psycho” (Photo: Getty Images)

The project seemed to be going from strength to strength, but the filmmaker’s refusal to respect the script and the structure of the story, caused David Cronenber and Pitt to leave the tape.

Lionsgate then brought in Mary Harron to direct and suggested that Edward Norton be considered for the lead by Patrick Bateman. The director refused and the studio proposed Leonardo DiCaprio, who had just starred in Titanic.

"American Psycho" is a 2000 American black comedy horror film co-written and directed by Mary Harron (Photo: Edward R. Pressman Productions)

“American Psycho” is a 2000 American black comedy horror film co-written and directed by Mary Harron (Photo: Edward R. Pressman Productions)

According to Sensacine, Harron did not want any kind of relationship with DiCaprio and refused to even meet him. She actually wanted to sign Christian Bale (The Dark Knight), because she knew he was the ideal actor for the job.

Later, Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) was also proposed for the role, but Bale convinced him to give him the chance. This is how Christian Bale and Mary Harron then teamed up for the iconic “American Psycho”, which hit the big screen in 2000.


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Why Johnny Depp Turned Down Starring in “American Psycho”